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MAVERICK striker Roderick Mutuma is set to move to a third Premiership giant inside two years amid indications that the lanky forward has set his sights on joining Highlanders during the second transfer window in July.Mutuma quit troubled CAPS United in a huff on Tuesday and confirmed yesterday that he was now eyeing a possible move to Bosso.
The self-styled “Prince” who made his Premiership debut at champions Dynamos before joining CAPS United at the start of this year is understood to have been given a free-transfer at Makepekepe following the turbulence that has rocked the club and left the 2005 champions on the brink of collapse.
Mutuma painted a grim picture of the situation at CAPS United and alleged “bad treatment of players. He said it was better for him to wait until the next window period and look for a new team and spoke of the suffering that the Makepekepe players are going through with club bosses seemingly unconcerned.
Yesterday he told Chronicle Sport that he was ready to don the black and white jersey and move on with his career.
“If everything goes well I will definitely be coming to Bulawayo to join Highlanders. I have since stopped training with CAPS United. I am training at some academy owned by my old man because I just can’t continue at CAPS United. I live from football,” said Mutuma.
He said he will soon be talking to the Highlanders technical team so that he could start training with them even before the second window opens ‘so that I get to appreciate their philosophy, culture and ideology.’
Mutuma who had a brief and unhappy spell in the South African Premiership expressed his desire to play for Highlanders earlier this year during the Bob 91 elimination match that Bosso had twice rejected his bid to join them.
“It’s the second time that they have snubbed me, the first was when I was still with Quelaton. I won’t lose my desire to play for Highlanders because it’s every player’s dream to call Barbourfields Stadium his home ground,” Mutuma told Chronicle Sport then. Last week, Highlanders assistant coach Mandla Mpofu said the club needed a natural leader in the mould of Mutuma.
“Not to say Felix Chindungwe is not a good leader, but what you need is someone of Roderick Mutuma’s character, able to motivate his teammates as well as supporters. Mutuma is not a captain but can inspire his teammates,” Mpofu said during the club’s weekly Thursday Press conference. If Mutuma eventually joins Highlanders, he will become the second player ever to have played for the country’s Big Three, Highlanders, CAPS United and Dynamos, after the 1996 Footballer of the Year, Steward Murisa.